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Twitter Offers Political Engagement Map

Admittedly it still feels very weird talking about anything in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Not the least of which is the fact that the US Presidential election is next Tuesday, November 6. So while many are still trying to cover the basics of life in the New York City area, the world continues to move on and the election is part of it.

Wired reports

Twitter launched a new interactive map on Thursday that measures the effectiveness of President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mitt Romney’s tweets on a state-by-state basis. This is another election tool, alongside Twitter’s daily polling tool, meant to provide insight into how people are reacting to the presidential candidates on Twitter. However, rather than measuring voter sentiment, as the polling tool does, this looks at how popular the candidates’ individual tweets are in specific locations.

Here is what it looks like.

I am not a huge fan of the type of political ‘discourse’ that occurs on Twitter. It seems to be a place for online yellers and extremists to yell and be extreme. They preach to the choir and make fun of the opposite side. Not exactly within the best practices of real debate.

Does a tool like this prove useful to you at all? What value could you derive?